Best of UNICEF Research 2015

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The Best of UNICEF Research, now in its third year, showcases and recognizes high-quality, high-impact research being done in the organization. The intention of the project is to communicate that UNICEF is often engaged in supporting a range of cutting-edge research to improve the lives of children. Yet this is often poorly known. The ‘Best of UNICEF Research’ initiative aims to change this perception. This publication presents summaries of twelve of the projects submitted to the 2015 Best of UNICEF Research competition which illustrate the range of research being undertaken. The 12 projects in the final selection cover many of the ‘traditional’ areas of UNICEF work (health, nutrition, sanitation and education), while also highlighting issues that have more recently gained prominence within the global policy agenda, such as social transfers, violence against children and school bullying, and various forms of inequality or exclusion



South Africa: Child poverty in South Africa - Springing the traps

In the two decades since South Africa’s transition to democracy, the country has experienced considerable success in reducing poverty, as measured in terms not just of money but also of multidimensional forms of deprivation such as lack of access to water and sanitation. One of the main instruments for reducing poverty over that period has been the Child Support Grant, first introduced in 1998, a cash payment to households from which more than 11 million children were benefiting by 2011.


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